Editorial
Volume 18 Issue 5 - 2022
The African Lag in COVID-19 Pandemic; An Editorial to Volume 18 of EC Microbiology
Elijah I. Ohimain*
Professor, Department of Microbiology, Niger Delta University, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Elijah I. Ohimain, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Niger Delta University, Nigeria.
Received: April 18, 2022; Published: April 21, 2022




In Africa, there has been a lag in cases and responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which could prolong the pandemic. This editorial to Volume 18 of EC Microbiology will present progress made so far in combating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting observed lags in Africa and making reference to articles published in this volume on the subject and other topics.

According to recent updates as of 31st of March 2022, from both John Hopkins University (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html) and Worldometer (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/) show that nearly half a billion cases of COVID-19 with six million (6M) deaths have been recorded worldwide since the pandemic began in December 2019, with USA, India and Brazil having 81M, 43M and 29M cases occupying the first, second and third positions respectively. Europe (177M) recorded the highest cases followed by Asia (138M), North America (96M) and South America (56M), with Africa (11.7M) and Oceania (5.3M) being the least. Cases in only three countries, namely South Africa (3.7M), Morocco (1.1 M) and Tunisia (1.0M) accounted for over 50% of cases in Africa. The total cases in Africa compared with the 11.5M cases in Spain, which ranked 11th position globally. Deaths tend to follow the same pattern within the four continents (South and North America, Europe, Asia) accounting for 93% of global deaths. USA recorded the highest death of one million followed by Brazil (0.6M) and India (0.5M). Of the 252K deaths in Africa, three countries, namely South Africa (100K), Tunisia (28K) and Morocco (16K) accounted for 57 %. The total death in Africa was slightly higher than the 212K deaths recorded in Peru, but lower than the 368K deaths recorded in Russia. About 46 of Africa’s 54 countries belong to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region, which have a population of 1.1 billion, which accounted for 14% of world population of 7.9 billion in 2021. Total cases in SSA was 8.5M, which accounted for just 1.75% of global cases. South Africa cases accounted for nearly half of the total cases in SSA. Total deaths in SSA is 168K, of which nearly 100k death occurred in South Africa alone.

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Citation: Elijah I. Ohimain. “The African Lag in COVID-19 Pandemic; An Editorial to Volume 18 of EC Microbiology”. EC Microbiology 18.5 (2022): 21-23.

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